One of the biggest concerns before upgrading to a new OS is whether or not the software, apps and driver on our machine will work with it. A bad driver in particular can wreak havoc on any system. If we use apps or software often, an OS update can render it useless.

Checking for compatibility is key to getting the most out of any upgrade, especially one as big as Windows 10.

We’ll show you how to check for Windows 10 software and driver compatibility before you upgrade so you can avoid as many issues as possible.

Checking for Windows 10 Compatibility

There are a few ways to check for software and driver compatibility before upgrading to Windows 10.

Get Windows 10 App


If you’ve reserved a copy of Windows 10 via the Get Windows 10 App, it’ll check your compatibility for you.

Right-click the Get Windows 10 App in the taskbar and click on “Check your upgrade status.”

Click on the Settings in the upper left-hand corner of the app and click on “Check your PC.”

The app will list any potential issues with software, apps or drivers for you to address beforehand.

If it’s pointing out issues, we recommend uninstalling the apps or software until new Windows 10-compatible versions are released. While they may still work, there may be issues that make the software harder to use regularly.

If you see driver issues, refer to the manufacturer for their recommendations before upgrading to Windows 10.

Software Developers

Most software developers have already rolled out updates and new versions of their most popular software to prepare for Windows 10. If you haven’t already updated your software, do so now.

You can also check your favorite software websites to see what they’ve released and what they are doing to prepare for Windows 10. In many cases, you may not have to do anything as your software will already be compatible for Windows 10.

Hardware Manufacturers

Drivers can be tricky buggers, especially when upgrading your OS. There have already been several confirmed issues with drivers, such as with NVIDIA graphic and video cards, so it’s imperative you check with your hardware manufacturers for updates and steps for upgrading to Windows 10.

Check websites, run update utilities before – and after – you upgrade. Make sure to follow all instructions given before upgrading to Windows 10 when dealing with your drivers, especially if you have installed new hardware in your machine.


Before upgrading to Windows 10, take the time to check out software and driver compatibility before upgrading. While most major manufacturers and developers will have already compensated for the Windows 10 release, you can never be too careful.

If for some reason your system doesn’t meet the minimum specs for Windows 10, the installation won’t be possible and you’ll be stopped before upgrading. In the event you run into driver or software issues, work with your manufacturer to sort it out as soon as possible.